You Get What You Pay For: the Quebec student strike and tuition fee policy
How do tuition fees work in Quebec?
And students are left to fend for themselves? That’s barbaric!
How do Quebec’s fees compare to the rest of Canada?
But a fee increase would just allow the government to make cuts to university grants, wouldn’t it?
But Quebec’s universities are more accessible, right?
Proponents of artificially low tuition fees assert that low fees improve access to higher education. Low fees undoubtedly make higher education slightly less expensive, but the major costs to a student are living costs and the cost of being out of full time work for the duration of studies. Despite their comparatively high fees, Canadian provinces like Ontario, British Columbia, and Prince Edward Island have better higher education participation rates than Quebec in spite of having much higher fees. It should not be surprising that these are provinces who also invest in school outreach, needs-based financial assistance, and financial support programs – initiatives that are more closely tied to improving access to higher education than arbitrary fees caps.